LOTR geek army spends year building life-size Moria in Minecraft

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 17, 2012

Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films have captured many a fan's imagination—much as J.R.R. Tolkien's original texts did before them—but one gamer enlisted an army of gaming Uruk-hai to help him build a 1:1 scale replica of the dark, monster-ridden Mines of Moria inside Minecraft.

You remember the Mines of Moria, don't you? The dwarvish kingdom beneath the Misty Mountains where the Fellowship fell afoul of goblins and trolls and a massive flame demon? (If not, the Powers That Be will totally revoke your geek card.) Reddit user Tigerballs07 was so taken with the film's depiction of Moria that he decided to built his very own—and, with the help of over 40 volunteers and over a year, he did just that. As Geekosystem summarized:

The structure is 16,000 x 16,000 blocks [one cubic meter each] and took tens of thousands of man hours to complete. The entirety of the structure was "Hand-Dug," which mean that no mods were used to simplify the building process within Minecraft. The replica is based on Peter Jackson's vision of Moria and not J.R.R. Tolkien's description. The replica features all of the iconic locales featured in the film; with everything from the entrance to the bridge on which Gandalf confronts the Balrog.

Apparently the map would take days to upload to the Minecraft servers, so you'll have to ogle these images from afar ... or get an army of builders and make one for yourself.

(Via Geekosystem)